A Delayed Start for Microsoft’s Security Bulletin Replacement Program

Microsoft has delayed the release of this month’s security updates.  Just minutes before the scheduled updates release, they provided a short statement on TechNet announcing a delay.  No new timeline has been provided for the February updates but we will continue monitoring the situation and provide an update on the blog and in a bulletin to our customers when we learn more.

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2016 Closes Out Patch Tuesday with 12 December Updates

Because everyone deserves a little good news this time of year, let’s start this month’s Patch Tuesday analysis on the bright side. In the 12 security updates released by Microsoft today, there are currently no active exploits. However, the 6 bulletins that have been rated critical are executed when an unsuspecting user opens a malicious file.

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The History of the Ransomware Threat

Interestingly, ransomware is not a new thing. It first appeared in 1989 with a Trojan program called, “AIDS Trojan,” which was spread by floppy disk. The AIDS Trojan used several tricks to hide files and encrypt their names using symmetric cryptography. The author extorted a $189 fee from users to provide a restoration tool. The author was identified and forced to stop the distribution,

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HEATwave 2016: Join us!

From New York to Las Vegas, we’re hitting the road over the next few weeks to show you how to strengthen your organization’s IT infrastructure, and successfully tackle and solve challenges around service delivery, endpoint management, and security.

Our free, one-day HEATwave events are a combination of expert hands-on training,

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14 Bulletins for September Patch Tuesday

The lazy days of summer are definitely over as Microsoft released 14 bulletins in today’s September Patch Tuesday. There are 7 updates rated critical so it is time to get to work. The bulletins also include an update for Adobe Flash Player that’s important for most Windows users to address so all in all,

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Windows 10 – 1 year later

Windows 10…One Year Later

Time flies when you’re upgrading operating systems. It has officially been a year since Microsoft introduced Windows 10 to much fanfare and approbation. Acceptance of the platform was almost immediate, with many users simply grateful to migrate away from the much-maligned Windows 8 environment. At the core of the problems with the previous edition of Microsoft’s flagship OS was that the GUI was designed to function more effectively on a tablet than on a PC,

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Back to School with August Patch Tuesday

It’s the time of year where back to school is on the minds of many. As your brain shifts out of summer vacation mode, remember the cardinal rule of security and put it into practice: don’t provide administrative access to anyone who doesn’t absolutely have to have it. Users should ALWAYS have the least privilege they need for their jobs. 

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Another 16 Updates for June Patch Tuesday

Don’t take off on that summer vacation just yet – Microsoft released another 16 security bulletins in today’s June Patch Tuesday and 5 of those are rated critical. While there are quite a few updates to be made, both on the client and server side, across a broad range of legacy and current code, the good news is none of them are under active exploit.

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Eight Ways to Stay Secure While Traveling

If you travel, you’re a target for thieves—and your digital assets are highly-prized. Thieves covet usernames and passwords that give them access to a treasure trove of information and the chance to go for a ride on your dime.

What’s a road warrior to do? Common sense dictates never entering your username or password into a hotel or business center computer—or any public computer for that matter.

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The (Sad) Case for BYOD Management

It wasn’t that long ago we were debating the value (improved productivity; increased employee satisfaction) personal mobile devices could bring to the enterprise, beyond BlackBerry Enterprise Server. Note I say ‘could.’ Just a few short years ago, we were still discussing whether or not organizations should allow employees to rely on mobile devices for work and whether that would come via personally owned devices or a fleet of pre-approved devices owned and managed by the organization.

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